April 13, 2011
Media Release

Interactive map highlights new cycling resource on the web

Trails, events and bicycle safety all part of comprehensive York Cycling website
NEWMARKET – The Regional Municipality of York has launched York Cycling, a comprehensive new resource for cyclists to find information about trails, events and riding safety.  The highlight of York Cycling is a new interactive map that displays trails, lanes and other cycling facilities across our Region.
 
“York Regional Council is committed to developing infrastructure that supports alternative modes of travel, such as transit and cycling,” said York Region Chairman and CEO Bill Fisch.  “This new resource is a one-stop location for residents and visitors to find the information they need to plan cycling trips and help them travel safely by bicycle on York Region roads.”
 
The new interactive cycling map features a wealth of information to help with trip planning, including:
 
• Details and locations of different types of cycling trails, including paved shoulders, bike-only lanes and “sharrows” (shared car and bike lanes)
• The location of sports and leisure facilities across the Region
• A terrain view
• A measurement tool to determine trip distances
• An address-finding feature and zoom feature
• Transit links
• An export feature to save and print the map
 
In addition to the interactive map, York Cycling also contains a tremendous amount of information about cycling events across our community, plans for future bike facilities and trails, bicycle safety and links to bike clubs and other cycling organizations.  Printable versions of the complete York Region 2011 Cycling Map are available for download and printing in PDF format.
 
“York Cycling has information that is useful for avid cyclists and those new to cycling,” said Town of Newmarket Regional Councillor John Taylor, Chair of the Region’s Planning and Economic Development Committee.  “This type of information will be increasingly valuable as we continue to invest in more cycling trails, lanes and facilities.”  
 
The Region’s Transportation Master Plan and Pedestrian and Cycling Master Plan place a strong emphasis on road infrastructure that supports transit and cycling.  As the Region continues to build and repair roads, more cycling-friendly facilities will be installed in phases throughout our community.
 
To visit York Cycling, please visit www.york.ca/cycling
 
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Media Contact: Michael Kemp, Corporate Communications, York Region
Phone: 905-830-4444 Ext. 1232 / Cell: 905-251-6419
Email: michael.kemp@york.ca

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